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Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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87
very good

1,663 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,663
Hads: 6,195
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,216 | FT: 8
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Reviews: 1,663 | Hads: 6,195
Photo of MisterSub
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 6-pk brought to our daughter's party.

Drank them out of the bottles, but poured one after people left. Decent head.

Smell was easy on the nose but you knew it was there.

Mouthfeel was great.

Taste was also great and these went down very easily.

It came highly recommended and I can see why. (306 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible sediments. Smooth head with a medium thickness.

The smell is of saaz hops and perhaps a fruity pear banana aroma.
Very nice smelling beer for the variety.

The taste is like the smell, a slight hop flavor hits first followed by a citrusy fruity flavor wave. Pear, banana and light spices.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

Very drinkable beer, this beer is amazing after a round of golf on a warm day. Very nice example of the style. (516 characters)

Photo of schmitter
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible, I cant believe it doesnt have a higher rating.

It poured a beautiful, sunny orange with a thick, foaming head. Taste was surprisingly hoppy, but also crisp like most wheats. I could tase the traditional citrus notes (orange, lemon) along with a strong presence of hop and grain.

It went fantastic with my seafood salad/softshell crabs.

The bottle said something about it tasting or smelling like a sunny day and i cant help but agree; this is one of the best wheats i've tried. (508 characters)

Photo of nofalltoofar
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations. (811 characters)

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this both on tap and in bottle (this review) already this year

A- Cloudy orange-amber color, pours with slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- Notes of citrus with a hop smell present that is not overpowering, overall not a strong scented beer in general.

T- Delicious beer that has a slight hoppy flavor and hints of orange, with a wheat malt base that is very noticeable.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation not a strong aftertaste but what is there is welcome.

D- Could drink this all day and night, and just reminds you of summer. Refreshing beverage that can't be ignored once it is started. I wait all winter for this beer to be released, Oberon day is the official start of spring for me. (735 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque orange with sediment floating around and setteling on the bottom, whch is attractive to me since that means unfiltered. Also there is quite a bit of it so that should mean lots of ingredients. Head is slightly off white and about 1 1/2 fingers.

Hints of citrus, apricot and light toast make up the nose.A slightPart of the bread i think comes from the hops, though I'm not sure if they are of English origin, are and English/something else hybrid, or not at all English. Could use a little more hoppiness.

A little sweet and moderately bitter, once again the hops are bready yet bitter; the hops stand out a little more, but the fruity esters are almost lost. I'm gonna wait a bit for it to warm up...wait for it...almost...ok. Nice, the apricot returns and the bread becomes a light compliment to it, like toast and preserves. Since this is a summer beer i am a little concerned that it gets so much better when warmer.

Nice and chewy with a crisp carbonation that is only slightly biting. Could be a little lighter for a summer brew, but I really apreciate that the texture is as interesting as it is.

Enthusiastically drinkable. I know I said it was pretty thick and bready for a summer beer, but its delicious and still pretty refreshing. This beer could easily be enjoyed year round and i could see it complimenting many food dishes such as pork and deserts. Well done! (1,394 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least. (1,249 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings. (1,026 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day (518 characters)

Photo of RichieS2
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party. (802 characters)

Photo of 96Bravo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding beer. Fresh, clean taste with citrus notes. May be enjoyed with slice of orange, if desired. Very drinkable and an outstanding entre for those who are used to macros. One of my favorite beers and looked forward too each Spring. Very glad Bell's is available here in PA. (284 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle to a dogfish head signature glass - a rich summer golden color with a nice foamy white full finger head that lasts but a minute or two before fully dissipating.

entirely enjoyable, albeit predictable summer wheat. best when ice cold. (256 characters)

Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, dry, transparent straw color, quick head. Smells of the yeast, and an unleavened bread feeling takes over. The taste is very pleasing, much like the bread. Somewhat dry feel with a nice bitter taste and a fresh citrus quench. One of the best Wheat's I've had. (268 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool (886 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied. (618 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ballsy beer from Kalamazo, and they dare to do it with a "summer" beer. Nice combo of wheat, yeast flavors, leaning towrds the citrusy end of the spectrum. Nice heft for a hefe-weizen. I could drink this year-round. Thanks proc. (240 characters)

Photo of larsee01
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass bottle (back in Chicago!!) assertively poured into Hoegaarden hexagonal pint glass

A--Milky, cloudy, radiant pumpkin pie with a thick, creamy head. Light yeast floaties. Beautiful.

S--Awesome. Sweet candy/caramel malt with bready sourdough yeast. Spicy phenol twang.

T--Starts same as smell. Sweet malt and sour breadiness. A touch of blueberry? Spicy zip with mild phenols. Mild yet complex. Hops pop up at finish for a perfectly balanced bitter effect. I'm happy there is no lingering bitterness. Buttery biscuit aftertaste. Exceptionally well-balanced.

M--Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Coats the mouth gently and persistently.

D--Not like an ice-cold High Life, but certainly sessionable. (710 characters)

Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head and active carbonation.

S: Wheat malts and yeasts with some residual sweetness and spiciness.

T: Beautiful sweet wheat malt leads to notes of citrus, fresh cut flowers, coriander, pepper, and phenols. Ends with hops that are just bitter enough to add a nice refreshing bite.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Ends somewhat thin.

D: I used to kick back during undergrad summers in Michigan with a couple of these. This brings back memories of vibrant sunny days without a care in the world. Even now, drinking a few bottles (wherever I can find them) changes my outlook on life, no matter how down I feel at that moment. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's, and should be more widespread in distribution. (763 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 12, reviewed April 2. Pretty fresh!

A--Murky, dark gold color with a bunch of near microscopic floaties swimming throughout. About a finger of head with a moderately soft pour. Recedes down after a minute leaving a small bit of lace

S--Faint banana, orange peel, pears, citrusy hops

T--Wow what an easy drinking beer. No singular flavor stands out, it pretty much exactly like the nose with everything meshing together. Do not go into this beer expecting some mind blowing rush of flavor. That is not what this style is about. It is not like a typical wheat beer nor a typical pale ale. Don't expect either, just enjoy what you have which is a solid representation of the style that makes for perfect summer drinking

M--Very oily but smooth as butter. Coats your whole mouth and drips from the roof of the mouth even after you are done swallowing

D--Perfect session beer. Not something to go to if you are looking to give your taste buds a workout, but just a flat out great easy drinking beer (1,015 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer on tap, in mini-keg, and in bottles. I have had it in bottle the most, so that is what I am reviewing.
Appearance is a good cloudy wheat ale. It pours with a slight head on it.
Smell: The beer has a good wheat aroma with a slight citrus scent to it.
Taste: I was blown away by this beer. I spent a summer in Belgium, and this beer reminded me a lot of the witbeers and the lighter more refreshing beers I had over there. It has a nice subtle citrus tone that blends well with the wheat.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and not too carbonated.
Drinkability: My beer of choice for summer, I could not get enough of it.
My only issue was that I did not notice a huge change from bottle to tap. I was expecting to be blown away, but it was the same beer I always had. Either way, this is a great American summer beer. (829 characters)

Photo of carlspeed
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today! (385 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat. (520 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weiss glass. It has a cloudy golden color with a fantastic head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly wheat malt with hints of orange and subtle hops. The flavor is mostly rich malted wheat. The finish is quite nice - accents of orange and a trace of hops. It has a medium body that is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my favorite American wheat beers - a great summer refresher. It has a uniqueness that is unmatched in my experience to other beers in itss class. However, it is much better closer to the source (at the Eccentric Cafe) from the cask! (626 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended! (555 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought as a single for $1.66 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Fat Head's 0.5 L rastal pint glass. This review is long overdue as I have visited the Brewery, the Eccentric Café and have seen Oberon in so many places and I finally bought one. I want to say that I love the label which is remarkably close in color to the body of the beer but more than that it is sunny, happy and attractive. Incidentally "9344" stamped on the back label, whatever that means.

A opaque orange body with lots of visible sediment floating about under a one inch creamy white head. I love this look. 4.5

S Nice lightly sweet wheat ale with very little hops to the nose. I find this smell interesting. 4.0

T A very soft, lightly sweet wheat taste with the nice grain presence and minimal alcohol tastes. It is easy to see why this beer is so popular. There is also the possibility of a light citrus but not the typical lemony taste but actually an orange taste that is just so welcome in this style. Very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately chewy, thick without being so much as to be distracting. Nice and smooth too. 4.0

D Very good indeed, maybe the best feature of the beer. 4.5

Notes: A classic, american session beer that everyone should try. (1,316 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.